Thursday, August 25, 2005

More Pitching, Less Partying

At the end of the day, the game between the AAA Kansas City Royals and the $125 Million Dollar Boston Red Sox turned out to be a replay of David over Goliath. But Goliath didn’t exactly fight with its almighty power either, he let it slip away with walks and runners left on base. These games should be slaughters! It’s no coincidence that John Kruk called this years Royals "the worst team to ever play baseball" and they just finished a 19 game losing streak last week. A perfect opportunity to gain ground on the Yankees, and we let it slip away from our very own hands.

Papi killed a rally in the third with a double play. Manny failed to run down the first base line, resulting in criticism from the Rem Dawg himself, and Tek K’d and Millah lined out with the bases loaded in the seventh. Damon also grounded out with them loaded. The Sox had chances in pretty much every inning, but eventually, the alligator bit them in the ass and Cornroyo didn’t have his stuff in the eleventh. The Sox lost a heartbreaker to the Royals.

Where do we go from here? Well, for starters, the God Known As Curt Schilling will take the hill tonight for the Sox about three weeks too early. With the loss of Miller in the rotation, and Arroyo’s new home in the bullpen (?) Schilling gets the nod. His pitch count should be low. We’ll probably see J-Gonz tonight for a couple of innings (12 straight scoreless) and Foulke might be back during the homestand. Thank god the Yanks got their asses handed to them on a silver platter, or this East race would really be close.

I was reading on some articles that Eric Wilbur and Bob Ryan wrote about the Sox chances to repeat. Both of them had a negative view, saying the bullpen is a mess and they don’t have a clear ace (yet) to pitch in the big seventh game. I was worried for a minute, before I looked at the other teams in the AL. The White Sox inexperienced pitching and lack of offense will take them out. The Angels have an all-right handed bullpen that Papi, Manny and Damon will murder. The A’s and Tribe are two years away, and the Yankees are way too inconsistent. The NL isn’t much better.

Let’s just win tonight and move on to the Promised Land, okay?


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